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Obama Prayed With Billy Graham, Then Eulogized W. Virginia Miners

posted by Nicole Neroulias

On his way to deliver a eulogy at a memorial service for the 29 West Virginia miners who died in the explosion earlier this month, President Obama met with celebrated evangelist Billy Graham. Although Graham, 91, has counseled White House occupants since the Eisenhower administration, Obama is the first sitting president to visit his North Carolina home.

The Associated Press reports that the men spoke for about 30 minutes, about topics ranging from golf to the loneliness that comes with the job of the presidency, then prayed together. Graham gave the president two Bibles: one for him and one for First Lady Michelle Obama. (Looks like Graham isn’t one of those evangelical Christians convinced that Obama is a Muslim…)

Graham’s son, evangelical minister Franklin Graham, was also in attendance, and asked Obama about the Pentagon’s recently rescinded invitation to have him speak at its upcoming National Day of Prayer event (due to his previous comments against Islam). Obama said he was looking into the matter, the younger Graham told reporters after the meeting.

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posted April 26, 2010 at 11:43 am


“Franklin Graham … asked Obama about the Pentagon’s recently rescinded invitation to have him speak at its upcoming National Day of Prayer event (due to his previous comments against Islam).”
Surely the parenthesized words are explanation ENOUGH of why the invite was rescinded.
Oh wait, I forgot, this so-called “National” Day of prayer is solely for the purposes of promoting Judeo-Christian ‘values’.
This tells me that the self-described “Christians” hve no regard for the freedom of religion that America ‘promises’ (or at least used to).
Not a single blogger I’ve read yet even questions why the Pentagon (a branch of the “Government” (TM), SHURELY) is even HAVING a “National” Day of Prayer event in the first place.
Could SOMEONE please get the Dobsons out of politics. PLEASE!!!



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Henrietta22

posted April 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm


The Presidents speech to the Miners families was very touching. There is nothing to question about why the Pentagon is having a “National Day of Prayer”. It’s an American Tradition since 1952 to have it. Nothing to be paranoid about.



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posted April 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm


H22,
I must say I’m a bit surprised hearing that from you. I thought you believed in separation of Church and State.
Please tell us why the government should get itself involved in this exclusionary “tradition”.
And wasn’t it around 1952 that someone inserted the “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance?
So much for freedom of relilgion in America.



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Grumpy Old Person

posted April 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm


Henrietta22,
I disagree that there’s “Nothing to be paranoid about”. The “National” Day of Prayer has as its specific raison d’etre to promote Judeo-Christian values. It is heaaded by the wife of gay-hater James Dobson. This is so very much against the ‘promise’ of freedom of (and, hopefully, FROM) religion that America used to ‘guarantee’.



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Henrietta22

posted April 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm


I do believe that politically there should be seperation of Church and State. Continuing a National Day of Prayer is meant for anyone who wants to acknowledge their beliefs in what they believe in. It could represent any group with any belief. It is paranoid because it is making people mistrust each others intentions. Just because Mrs. Dobson and Mr. Dobson are fundamentalist and don’t accept GLBT as I do does not make them in control of everyone elses beliefs. They pray their way, and I pray my way. It’s not complicated.



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A Final Days Watchman

posted April 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm


Contrary to what several respondents have posted above concerning the political separation of Church and State being the ideal for our present social order, the the final world order will be a Church ruled state that will be perfect. This is the only ideal, perfect social state as established by God in the garden of Eden precedent to man’s downfall because of sin. Also, this will be the perfect state that Jesus Christ will establish at His second advent when the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of God. Jesus will rule the new world in righteousness from the capitol city of that new world order-Jerusalem. The reason the Theocratic rule of God can not flourish now is because of the overspreading of sin throughout the world as witnessed in the remarks of some of the respondents to this article. Those who resist anything and any person who promotes any thought or practice that is Godly and righteous buffet the new perfect world order from being established sooner than later. Notwithstanding, the current opposition to the coming of the future, righteous Church ruled state in the world will be removed from the earth in the very near future. All ungodliness and imperfections of mankind’s present social systems in the world(democracies, socialisms, imperialisms, anarchies) will be expunged from the world when the new and final world Theocracy and the perfect form of social government is exalted in the Church Theocracy ruled by Jesus Christ throughout the entire world. I exhort you to examine your lives to see see if you will be in the perfect world with the perfect ruler – Jesus Christ, or will you be allied with the deniers and opponents of Jesus Christ who are removed from the earth in the future paradise? Your spiritual beliefs are the most important matters of your life.



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interpreter

posted April 26, 2010 at 11:02 pm


Franklin is right. Islam is the 7th head of the beast to rule Jerusalem, that trampled Jerusalem for 1260 years as prophesied. Now they want to do it again and are hell bent on starting the Battle of Ar Mageddon (which Muslims call the Mother of All Battles). The Euphrates was dry on 9/11 when the first shot was fired.
I also agree with Final Days Watchman above. It is to our generation (who saw the Euphrates dry up) that Jesus says,
“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”



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posted April 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm


interpreter….don’t you get tired of the same post on all the blogs stating the beast story in reference to Franklin Graham and how “right” he is in his opinion of Islam?



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robert c

posted April 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm


hey ster. your moniker says it all.



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